14th June 2022

The IWWF Executive Board has approved a bid from the Competitive and Recreational Disabled Skiers (C.A.R.D.S.), endorsed by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, to host the 2023 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships at Shortline Lake in Elk Grove, California, USA from 11th to 17th of September, 2023.

Shortline Lake has hosted the 2015 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski World Championships as well as many other national events including the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports towboat tests.

The IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships has not been held since 2019’s edition in Norway due to the global pandemic.

IWWF President Jose Antonio Perez Preigo said “I am excited that our athletes will be able to compete again in an IWWF World titled event and in particular at Shortline Lake, California, a great venue for one to make a return to the highest level of competition.”

“We are honoured to host this event and we look forward to reuniting with the best athletes and ski families from around the world!” said  Matt Oberholtz, Chairman of the Organising Committee.

Paul Airey, IWWF World Disabled Ski Council Chairman said “It’s fantastic news, it’s a superb site and after having to cancel the 2021 IWWF Worlds we’re delighted to be returning to California next year in what seems a long time since our last IWWF Worlds in 2019.  If the last event there is anything to go by, we can expect some amazing performances and hopefully some new World Records!”

About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing

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